He is Three!

by Stefani on 4-December-2007

Cupcakes with BIG Sprinkles

In terms of “low key” Ryder’s birthday was the very last note on the scale.

We kept it small, and as much guilt as that gives to my plan-a-big-hooplah-make-the-cake-from-scratch-go-crazy-with-the-theme heart, it was actually wonderful, to just hang with my big boy, hold him lots, and celebrate him.

Making Chains

He was thrilled, with the paper chain decorations that his brothers made “all by ourselves, Ryder!” making his cake alongside me, putting the sprinkles on himself, helping put together his long awaited play kitchen, hot dogs, and being sung to by his Mom and Dad, brothers, and all four grandparents.


(not the gorgeous all wood kitchen that I’d wanted, but he is OVER THE MOON about it.)

He just beamed.

With great ceremony we measured him in the pantry, and found that he has grown MUCH over the last year. I think my heart grows with him.

This Big

And I have to say, that looking around the table, at all the people that I love, made it very hard to think about waking up this morning while they all lay sleeping, and heading out in the dark for a plane that will take me so far away.

But I’m off, in only moments… wish me luck, and happy journeys to you as well!

Holly C December 4, 2007 at 4:03 am

Good luck! Have a wonderful trip.

Ellie December 4, 2007 at 4:29 am

What a special birthday – one to be remembered. And a wonderful time spent together, before your holiday.
Soak in everything you can. Travel safe and happily. Return home energised, inspired, joyous. This will be a journey for all your boys as well – I’m sure they’ll all grow in many more ways than height, while you are away. xx

kristin December 4, 2007 at 4:57 am

go well, you dear mama.

you’ve left a nest wonderfully cozy that will welcome you home.

Sarah Jackson December 4, 2007 at 5:05 am

Happy birthday Ryder!!!! You’re such a big boy.

I think at home birthdays are the best and that looks like a good one.

Have a wonderful amazing fantastic time. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

randi December 4, 2007 at 5:47 am

Happy birthday to your little man! And have a GREAT trip!

Sarah December 4, 2007 at 6:18 am

Ahhh, welcome to number free! Hapde Burfday.

kirsten December 4, 2007 at 6:32 am

happy birthday to the big boy, and have a great trip!

Tracy December 4, 2007 at 7:33 am

Happy birthday, Ryder, and bon voyage Stefani! Stay safe, eat good food, find treasures, and most of all, have so much fun, dear!

Cheryl December 4, 2007 at 7:34 am

That truly sounds like the best birthday ever – making memories. My daughter has seen enough of my scurrying around to organize, plan, decorate, then wait hand and foot on guests (because I find that fewer people throw in good old fashioned help these days) that this year she negotiated for an iPod rather than a party. Smart kid!

molly December 4, 2007 at 8:03 am

oh no!! have I missed you??!! I wanted to wish you a big ceremonial goodbye! Have a wonderful, wonderful time. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

And the birthday party sounds pretty near perfect to me…

beki December 4, 2007 at 8:04 am

Happy Birthday to youe big boy! His party sounds perfect 😉

Good luck on your trip and have fun!!

Alicia A. December 4, 2007 at 8:41 am

Have fun and safe travels!

erin December 4, 2007 at 10:18 am

happy birthday ryder! and safe travels stefani!

Lori December 4, 2007 at 12:04 pm

bon voyage, stef! :^D

lina December 4, 2007 at 2:48 pm

Happy birthday Ryder and have a great trip Stefani. (Ps my picture arrived in the post today, love it!)

Anne December 4, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your trip.

Eren December 5, 2007 at 3:12 am

Thinking of you this morning and all that you will encounter today!!!

Blessings friend!

April December 5, 2007 at 11:56 am

We have ALWAYS done a big birthday production! All three of my boys birthdays are in January and we are unable to do the “BIG” party this year! Reading this makes me excited about the family birthdays we are going to have! thanks for sharing!

Hope your lil man had a great birthday!

emily ruth December 5, 2007 at 2:14 pm

i can’t wait to hear all about it…have fun!

leslie December 5, 2007 at 4:43 pm

happy happy day….to the big boy!

have a wonderful trip!!

leslie December 6, 2007 at 5:58 am

the best kind of birthdays! take each one as they come, some will be low key and some will be a riot of chaos, all is good!

so jealous of your trip, you lucky girl!!!! i know you will have a blast and take lots of pictures to share. i am sure your return post will be miles long, can’t wait!


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